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The changes in water content and structural organization that occur during the rehydration of the anabiotic 4th-stage juveniles of the plant-parasitic nematode Ditylenchus dipsaci are described. Morphological changes include the coalescence of lipid droplets and the appearance of a hyaline layer beneath the cuticle. Changes in diameter are mainly responsible for volume changes. Changes in the appearance of the hyaline layer suggests that the muscle cells undergo some sort of repair process before activity resumes.